Former NY Knicks star Amar’e Stoudemire has completed his conversion to Judaism.
“It’s official,” Stoudemire said on Instagram, “I finalized my final meeting with the Beth Din and went to the Mikva. Graduation complete.”
“Hebrew name is Yehoshafat Ben Avraham,” he said.
In January 2019, Stoudemire was granted temporary residency status in Israel. In March 2019, he was granted Israeli citizenship based on his “unique contributions” to Israeli society.
Stoudemire has played for Israel’s Hapoel Jerusalem Basketball Club since 2016. He helped the team win the Israeli League Championship in 2017.
Stoudemire first told reporters that he was “in the process” of converting in April 2018, following a lifelong spiritual journey.